Yalchin Aliyev was appointed TAP CFO in January 2018. Yalchin joined TAP from SOCAR Turkey, where he held the position of Group Financial Controller. Prior to this, he worked as Finance Director for TANAP in Turkey. Yalchin has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry, working as Financial Planning and Performance Lead for GDF Suez E&P in Norway, and as a Major Projects Controller for BP E&P in Azerbaijan and in UK. Yalchin began his career at PwC. Yalchin is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and also holds a Master's Degree in International Economic Relations from the Azerbaijan State University of Economics.
Human Resources Director
Jonathan joined TAP as Human Resources Director in January 2016. Jonathan previously worked for BG Group where he held the position of Human Resources Director for Europe Central Asia and Africa Middle East and Asia Regions as well as Human Resources responsibility for Global Finance. Prior to this, Jonathan held a number of senior strategic and operational human resources positions across diverse sectors and industries including financial services, hospitality, retail, media and energy. Jonathan is a qualified human resources professional with over 25 years experience. He holds a business studies honours degree and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Pierluca Ferrari was appointed ICT Director in January 2018. Pierluca previously worked for Snam, where he held the position of CIO. His previous senior management positions include Head of Application Area for Snam SpA, Head of ICT Demand & Delivery Refining & Marketing for Eni S.p.A, Head of ICT Application Services for Eni S.p.A. and Head of ICT Business Unit Gas & Utilities for EniData SpA. Pierluca has more than 25 years of experience in the ICT sector, during which he oversaw IT management systems both for operations and commercial activities, as well as business support in the gas industry. Pierluca has a degree in Information Sciences from the University of Milan.
John Haynes was appointed Project Director of TAP in January 2017. John joins TAP from BP with more than 25 years of international experience as major project leader. He held several executive management roles including in the USA, Abu Dhabi and Azerbaijan. During his last assignment in Azerbaijan, John was Project General Manager, leading the delivery of Shah Deniz 2 onshore gas processing facilities up to handover to operations. John holds a First Class Bachelor of Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering & Mathematics.
Walter Peeraer was appointed President of TAP in June 2017. Walter joins TAP as the former Managing Director and Board Member of Fluxys S.A, the Belgian-based European gas transmission assets management company. Within Fluxys, Peeraer held various senior positions, including Chief Executive Officer of Fluxys Belgium. Previously, Walter served as General Manager of Strategy, Communications and Administration of Electrabel SA, Director-General of Eni Gas & Power NV (Distrigas S.A.), Director of Swedegas AB, as well as Director of Elia System Operator SA. Walter holds degrees in Law and Criminology from Université catholique de Louvain and in tax science from Université libre de Bruxelles.
Gabriella Porcelli was appointed TAP General Counsel in April 2018. Gabriella joined TAP from Philip Morris, where she held the position of Head of the Legal Function, Italy. Prior to this, she was with Pfizer as Associate Director, Legal Affairs, Italy. Gabriella gained experience in the oil & gas market during her seven-year tenure at Agip, ENI Group, where she served as Corporate Legal Counsel and supported the Karachaganak oil field joint-venture and the Caspian Pipeline Consortium. Gabriella is an independent Board Member of TERNA SpA.
Ricardo Ruiz Nuñez
Ricardo Ruiz Nuñez joined TAP as Operations Director in September 2017. Ricardo has almost 20 years of experience in the management, development and implementation of operational strategies, working for various Enagás facilities throughout his career. Ricardo joined TAP from Compañia Operadora de Gas del Amazonas in Peru, where he was Chief Operations Officer since 2015. Ricardo also worked as Asset Manager for the LNG Terminal Altamira in Mexico, and held various managerial positions at the LNG Terminal in Barcelona between 2002-2011. Before working as Process Operator at the Huelva LNG Terminal between 2000-2002, Ricardo was a University Professor at the University of Huelva.
Luca Schieppati joined TAP as Managing Director in June 2017. Luca has over 25 years of experience in the development and management of pipelines, plant construction, and the operation and maintenance of gas transmission and distribution companies in Italy and Europe. Throughout his career, Luca held several executive management roles, including Chief Executive Officer of Italgas, between April 2014 and September 2016. His most recent positions were chief industrial assets officer of Snam as well as managing director at Snam Rete Gas S.p.A. Luca holds a degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan.